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‘Bengaluru Veeraru’ to the rescue this Gandhi Jayanti

Initiative aims is to give citizens a platform to contribute to the city, while also spreading awareness

The city will witness 205 events, including filling up of potholes, pavement painting and cleaning up of streets, across various wards on Wednesday to mark Gandhi Jayanti.

The initiative ‘Bengaluru Veeraru’ is being organised by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) in collaboration with Let’s Be The Change and over 85 other NGOs. The aim is to give citizens a platform to contribute to the city, while spreading awareness on various issues. The initiative will be held on a weekly basis for a year.

Anirudh Dutt, founder, Let’s Be The Change, told The Hindu: “We feel this is the right time to commence an initiative like this. Bengaluru Veeraru brings several like-minded organisations and people around the city under one umbrella for one cause, that is to make our surroundings better for living.”

BBMP Commissioner B.H. Anil Kumar also tweeted, urging citizens to choose an event they want to participate in in their respective wards.

Cleanathon

Among the activities include ‘cleanathon’ to tackle the problem of illegal dumping of garbage. As many as 40 such spots will be cleaned up and painted, and benches will be installed in some of the spots.

A plog run, which involves participants picking up waste while jogging, conducted by United Way India, will also be part of the initiative.

As many as 88 potholes will be fixed by partnering with Pothole Raja. “Bengaluru's pothole-ridden roads are one of the major prevalent issues and our organisation’s sole purpose is to fix them and give better manoeuvrability for the people here. We have tied up with Bengaluru Veeraru to widen our reach,” said Saurabh Kumar from Pothole Raja. The BBMP will be lending a hand towards the cleaning up process by assigning pourakarmikas, health inspectors, and engineers for each ward.

Other activities

The other activities include a cleaning drive in B. Narayanapura lake, tree plantation drives in three wards, pavement painting in two wards, intensive cleaning in 38 wards, and traffic awareness campaigns in one ward.

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